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ON THE ROAD OF THE LOIRE CASTLES


Which castles to visit? The great classics of course, but also our little treasures ... Here is our suggestion for a 3-day tour:

  • Day 1 (30/40 km) : the Château de Chambord and its French gardens, the Château de Cheverny and its exhibition on Tintin, the fortified town of Blois and its astonishing Castle.
  • Day 2 (80/90 km) : the richly furnished Château de Chenonceaux, the Royal Château of Amboise and its famous chapel, Clos Lucé, the last home of Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Day 3 (5/15 km): the Royal Basilica of Cléry Saint André, Beaugency the medieval, the most beautiful detour in France, the Castle with 2 faces of Meung sur Loire, the city of Orleans dedicated to Joan of Arc.


CASTLES AND GAMES

  • Escape Game Château de La Ferté Saint Aubin at 20 km Locked in one of the secret rooms of a castle, you will have 60 minutes to find the clues and escape in time! 3 games available. Then discover the collection of dolls and old games before devouring the madeleines of historic kitchens.

  • Histopad Château de Chambord at 30 km Explore the castle while having fun thanks to an innovative digital tablet that uses augmented reality to immerse yourself in the heart of the 16th century.At the same time a digital tour guide for 19 major rooms of the castle, but also a fun treasure hunt for the youngest.

  • Tintin Château de Cheverny 40 km away Discover the interactive exhibition "Les secrets de Moulinsart" which presents over 700 m2 the multiple characters invented by Hergé. Also another exhibition on the Renaissance in LEGO with for example a replica of the castle or a portrait of the Mona Lisa in small Danish bricks.



LOIRE & WATER

Over more than 1,000 km, the Loire is a wild river, a royal river, a living river ... Charles Péguy celebrated it in his words: "Along the curved hillside and noble valleys, the castles are sown like And in the majesty of the mornings and evenings, the Loire and its vassals go by these alleys. " A unique river to discover at your own pace by cycling on its banks, by sailing between its islands or by flying over it from the air.But beware, if the Loire is navigable, it remains dangerous and all swimming is strongly discouraged.


TO THE ADVENTURE

  • By bike on site and surroundings Take advantage of the 155 km of cycle paths in the Loiret along the river or nearby. Follow the Loire à Vélo or stroll through the countryside: for example, "Entre Vignes et Vergers" circuit from the Estate (1h15 / easy) on loiretbalades.fr . For bicycle rental, see our activities page and our options.

  • Canoeing and kayaking in Beaugency at 15 km Embark on a canoeing kayak to discover Loire with your family as a family from 5 years old thanks to 3 courses ranging from 2/3 hours of daily navigation between Orleans and Blois. Take the opportunity to relax on the lively Beaugency beach.Only from April to October.

  • Léo Parc Aventure in Saint Jean Le Blanc 20 km away Several leisure activities are offered on the Charlemagne Island leisure center for all ages: tree climbing from 2 years old, paint ball from 12 years old, laser game from 8 years old years and a water park also from 8 years. April to September only


ALL IN THE WATER

  • Grand Chambord Aquatic Center in Saint Laurent Nouan at 15 km Very family atmosphere for this aquatic center with several indoor and outdoor pools including a paddling pool, a balneo-recreational area, a slide and a Nordic pool. Also a wellness and fitness center.

  • Center Parcs Sologne in Chaumont sur Tharonne35 km away At the Domaine des Hauts de Bruyères, take advantage of the Aqua Mundo water park: swim in the wave pool and the large heated outdoor swimming pool or slide down the wild river and in the delirious big black slide.

  • Natural Swimming in Monts Près Chambord at 40 km Inserted on a natural site of 1.5 ha with play areas, this bathing is of very high environmental and landscaping quality thanks to the biological process of water treatment which guarantees clear and natural water . Only from the end of June to the end of August.



SOLOGNE & NATURE

The Loire Valley, dazzling in nature between its fauna, flora, forests and gardens ... Come and take a bath of raw nature in Sologne, cross paths with picturesque or exotic animals, smell the roses in the parks or stroll through the incredible gardens of the Loire castles.Raw or shaped, nature offers itself to you like an art ... You will see all the colors in our selection below: medieval, renaissance, artistic, romantic, bucolic, playful, vegetable garden ... To you to choose !


FAUNA AND FLORA

  • Beaugency Labyrinth at 15 km Enchanted route in a large 6-hectare corn field populated by fairy-tale characters and adorned with numerous puzzles. On Wednesday and Saturday evenings, the labyrinth becomes haunted ... Only in July and August.

  • Domaine du Ciran in Ménestreau en Vilette at 30 km Set off to meet the fauna and flora of Sologne between forests, ponds and deer park. Riddles as well as initiation circuits to orientation are proposed to you.

  • Beauval ZooParc100 km away One of the largest zoos in Europe with more than 3,000 animals including rare species such as the white tiger and lion or the giant panda which are also the subject of breeding programs. Do not miss the spectacle of hundreds of birds in free flight ...


ART AND GARDENS

  • Orléans La Source Floral Park 15 km away   With the seasons and wanderings, discover thematic and poetic gardens, without forgetting the astonishing greenhouse with butterflies and the sublime rose garden with its ancient and botanical varieties. Flagship stage of the new Route de la Rose which crosses the Loiret and which also passes through the very bucolic Roquelin Gardens in Meung sur Loire 5 km away.

  • International Garden Festival in Chaumont sur Loire65 km away The Festival is a laboratory of contemporary creation in the field of gardens and landscape creation in the world; since 1992, it has revitalized the art of gardens over more than 32 hectares with materials, innovative ideas and approaches and a new theme each year: for 2020, "Back to Mother Earth".

  • The Gardens of Château de Villandry at 130 km Referents of all the Loire gardens, they combine aesthetics, diversity and harmony on 6 terraces: highlight of the visit, the decorative vegetable garden of Renaissance style with its 9 squares mixing flowers and vegetables and the Andalusian-inspired ornamental garden which draws geometric shapes like love chambers. SUBLISSIME!



ART OF LIVING

An accomplished art of living praised by Rabelais who presented the Loire Valley as the Garden of France thanks to the happy association of a mild and temperate climate with sandy soils, rich in silt. In the heart of this garden, the Loire wines with between Orléans and Chambord 2 appellations to discover for the light and serious character of their production: AOC Orléans / Orléans-Cléry and AOC Cheverny / Crémant de Loire. And as an accompaniment: are you more like smoked rillettes or caviar, if, if? Unless you prefer a selection of our very rich vegetable production, Sologne strawberries, blackcurrants or asparagus, Chambord green or Sologne white, to be found on the stalls of the many local markets. After all that, take a break ...



AWAKENING SENSE

  • Domaine Deneufbourg in Cléry Saint André at 2 kmAOC Orléans and Orléans-Cléry wines nicely named Un Vin, Une Rencontre. On the menu, pinot meunier, pinot noir, cabernet franc and also chardonnay with talent in red, white and rosé. In the process of biological conversion. 28, rue du Village visit by appointment at 02 38 45 97 53.

  • Domaine du Croc du Merle in Muides sur Loire 30 km AOC Cheverny and Crémants de Loire wines blended with passion by the same family since 1794 with Pinot Noir, Gamay, Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Also production of blackcurrants and cow cheese specialties. 38, rue de la Chaumette opening hours of the operating store on 02 54 87 58 65.

GOURMET BASKET

  • Charcuterie Lebesne in Cléry Saint André at 2 km Smoked rillettes, very tasty and rather light, freshly cooked on site over a wood fire;they made the celebrity of the village with the black pudding and the apple festival in October. 80, rue du Maréchal Foch timetables on 02 38 45 70 34.

  • Les Jardins du Paré in Cléry Saint André at 2 km Delicious Sologne strawberries including the Mara des Bois, but also raspberries and other red fruits in free picking; do not miss their fresh chocolate mint. 769, route d'Orléans timetables at 06 08 42 99 82.

  • Hennequart fish farming in Saint Viatre 40 km away A beautiful sturgeon farm daringly developed in the family ponds by the Hennequart; Caviar Solenska, Sologne black gold that has become a benchmark for great chefs and amateurs! The Grand Cernéant timetables on 02 54 83 64 27.

  • Local markets in Meung sur Loire 5 km Sunday morning inBeaugency 15 km Wednesday and Saturday mornings in Orléans 15 km place du Martroi Friday afternoon quai du Roi Saturday morning place de la Madeleine Sunday morning.


PAUSE...

  • Rive Mauve Art Gallery in Meung sur Loire at 5km Pascaline Pichon welcomes you to the Moulin de Cropet, by the river, in a place full of charm conducive to art and emotions: share her passion for works of art equestrian, animal bronzes and designer jewelry. Open during the exhibition period on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment.

  • Les Balnéades à Ardon 20 km Come and recharge your batteries in this spa at the gates of Sologne;take advantage of the aquavitality course composed of water treatments such as whirlpools, massaging jets, waterfalls and the river against the current on 200 m2 with water at 33 ° C, but also the sauna and hammam or more personalized d '' a discovery or world massage.



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